WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
vi•o•lent /ˈvaɪələnt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force:a violent attack with a kitchen knife.
  2. characterized or caused by destructive force designed to injure or kill:a violent death.
  3. intense in force, effect, etc.;
    severe;
    extreme:violent pain; a violent tornado.
  4. being rough or overly forceful, as from anger or fury;
    furious:violent passions.
vi•o•lent•ly, adv. 
    violent is an adjective, violence is a noun:It was a violent windstorm. Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
vi•o•lent  (vīə lənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force:a violent earthquake.
  2. caused by injurious or destructive force:a violent death.
  3. intense in force, effect, etc.;
    severe;
    extreme:violent pain; violent cold.
  4. roughly or immoderately vehement or ardent:violent passions.
  5. furious in impetuosity, energy, etc.:violent haste.
  6. of, pertaining to, or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact.
vio•lent•ly, adv. 
  • Latin violentus, equivalent. to vi-, shortening (before a vowel) of base of vīs force, violence + -olentus, variant (after a vowel) of -ulentus -ulent
  • Middle English 1300–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

violent /ˈvaɪələnt/ adj
  1. marked or caused by great physical force or violence: a violent stab
  2. (of a person) tending to the use of violence, esp in order to injure or intimidate others
  3. marked by intensity of any kind: a violent clash of colours
  4. characterized by an undue use of force; severe; harsh
  5. caused by or displaying strong or undue mental or emotional force
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin violentus, probably from vīs strength

ˈviolently adv



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